GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 07: Greg Jamison, former CEO of the San Jose Sharks, attends a press conference to discuss the potential purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes before the start of Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Nashville Predators during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 7, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Congratulations to the hockey fans out in the Phoenix area, as our SB Nation colleagues over at Five For Howling are passing along information indicating that the sale of the team to Greg Jamison's group will indeed go through, although a formal announcement won't likely come for a few weeks. These guys don't toy around with tossing rumors and reports out there, so it's unusual
A source that has worked with the Coyotes management team for years has passed along some very exciting news, telling Five For Howling that the sale of the team to Greg Jamison is done. This source had normally been very cautious about their statements regarding this whole thing, part of the reason we're confident this is indeed the real deal.
At this point we do not have a definitive time table, although we have heard that the announcement won't be made until later, probably closer to the Coyotes training camp. Additionally, another close source has said that the "Coyotes weren't going anywhere," and if you were waiting to buy a new Yotes sweater you won't have to wait long.
Here at Five for Howling, we do our best to steer clear of the rumor mill, even more so adding to rumors. With much debate, we have decided to come forth with information that we feel confident enough to report on.
I'm optimistic that with the right management team in place, hockey can work out there. Jerry Moyes was a terrible owner, paying Wayne Gretzky millions to be one of the worst coaches in the league, and basically burning the organization to the ground trying to run his bankruptcy gambit with Jim Balsillie. The hockey operations group led by GM Don Maloney and head coach Dave Tippet have done an incredible job making the playoffs three straight years amid all these distractions, and deserve a standing O from fans around the league for the work they've done.
Instead of rummaging through a collection of hockey notes this morning (there isn't much other than CBA hand-wringing), let's just give our congratulations to the folks in Phoenix.